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‘We brought black culture to mainstream media,’ Dorothy Butler Gilliam reflects on six decades in journalism; Plus: Reparations for slavery becomes 2020 election issue

0:08 – Dorothy Butler Gilliam (@DorothyBGilliam) has been a journalist for more than six decades. In 1961, she became the first black woman reporter for The Washington Post, until the mid-1960s. Later, she became an editor and columnist for the paper until her retirement in 2003. She has just released her memoir Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America.

0:34 – 2019 marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown, Virginia. Coincidentally, this year, many Democratic Presidential candidates, as they gear up for 2020, are seriously discussing the issue of reparations for American Descendants of Slaves, or ADOS which refers to the direct lineage to enslaved people in the African diaspora. For more on reparations we speak with William Darity, Jr., economist, researcher, and professor of public policy at Duke University (@DukeU).

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